Mobile Plant Mechanic

Job reference:
BAS 20/02
Contract type:
Antarctic Contract
Appointments are between 6 (summer contract) to 18 months (winter contract).
£24,685 per annum initially. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a bonus of up to 10%.
We offer generous benefits
Antarctic employment pool team
Antarctica (Rothera and Halley)
Closing date:
21 March, 2021 11:59 pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.


British Antarctic Survey is offering a unique opportunity as a Mobile Plant Mechanic in Antarctica.

You will maintain and repair a range of mechanical plant and equipment on the station. The roles are based in Rothera (Winter and Summer) and in Halley (Summer only).

Who we are

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Our skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through our extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation

We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as keep the keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in one of the most unique places in the world, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.

COVID-19 update
• We have a responsibility to do everything that we can to ensure that BAS Ships and Stations remain COVID free and that staff are deployed safely and responsibly. Our medical screening for this season will therefore take account of the recognised factors that increase your risk of an adverse reaction to the coronavirus (Primarily this is BMI at or above 30, age over 60 years old, or a history of smoking). The assessment is done confidentially by our Medical Unit and the criteria might be subject to change.
• You might be required to quarantine two weeks prior to your deployment, and you might sail to Antarctica on our polar ship.

All applications will be checked at point of application by BAS staff and those without the right to work in the UK or without a realistic prospect of being able to acquire the right to work in the UK will not progress.

Please read the Applicant guide here before submitting your application.


The main duties of this role is to be able to carry out Machine Plant Diagnostics, Servicing and Repairs to, Agricultural, Industrial, Snowmobile Equipment to the highest standard.

Responsible for the provision of the stations Vehicles, and mobile plant equipment.

You will need to promote and present a professional image and offer service solutions to other departments and frequently liaise with Vehicles Management team.

The objective of this role is to provide BAS with World Class professional service.


C&G / N.V.Q. / B. TECH or equivalent, in a mechanical discipline.


• Build strong and positive relationships with the all departments
• Feedback any important information to Vehicles management.
• To promote BAS in a professional manner.
• To react to any BAS needs quickly, effectively and efficiently
• To carry out repairs to the highest standard to provide a “ First Time Fix”
• Possess excellent laptop computer technical diagnostics skills
• Continually look to develop yourself through Courses and other Medias when available
• Service and maintain Equipment to the Manufactures specifications
• Operate mobile plant when required for snow clearance and general station maintenance.
• Maintain and improve vehicles section profile
• Present a professional image at all times
• Carry out all work practices in line with company health and safety policy
• Keep garage and workshops in a safe and tidy condition
• Maintain detailed spare parts inventory
• Contribute to overall success of operations through teamwork and good communication within BAS
• Any other duties as deemed necessary to fulfil the role
• Assist with other station duties as directed by line management

• To communicate efficiently and express your ideas clearly and confidently at all levels verbally, in print and via the telephone
• Teamwork, ability to work confidently within a group and on own initiative
• Time Management, ability to manage time effectively, prioritising tasks and working to deadlines
• Drive and determination to get things done, make things happen and continually looking for better ways of doing things
• Analysing and Investigating, ability to gather information systematically to establish facts and principles for problem solving
• Commercial Awareness, ability to understand the commercial realities affecting the organisation
• Flexibility, ability to adapt successfully to changing situations and environments
• Initiative and Self-Motivation, ability to act on initiative, identify opportunities and be proactive in putting forward ideas & solutions

Personal Attributes:
• Capable of delivering results under pressure and to strict deadlines
• Quality focused
• Honest, reliable, trustworthy, good time keeper
• Ability to be professional, cheerful, co-operative at all times
• Ability to stay motivated
• Clean driving licence and good driving record (if applicable)

Please quote reference: BAS 21/02

Publication date: 8 January 2021

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 21st March 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held: week of 19th of April 2021

As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Able to convey technical problems/information by e-mail or phone - Essential
  • Fluent in written and spoken English language - Essential
  • Able to produce reports - Desirable [2]

Computer / IT skills

  • Familiar with P.P.M - Essential

Decision Making

  • Capable of working autonomously, and as part of a team when required - Essential
  • Consultative decision-making style - Desirable [1]

Interpersonal skills

  • Be understanding and respectful of peers and colleagues - Essential
  • Able to interpret technical manuals and simple schematics - Desirable [2]

Other Factors

  • Must have flexible attitude to their daily tasks - Essential
  • Physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions - Essential


  • C&G / N.V.Q. / B. TECH or equivalent, in a mechanical discipline - Essential

Resource Management ability

  • Capable of controlling a varied fleet of vehicles, diesel generators, and ancillary plant - Essential
  • Be of a ‘resourceful’ nature - Desirable [1]

Skills / Experience

  • Wide range of relevant experience in the maintenance / overhaul of contractor’s plant, farm machinery or heavy vehicles - Essential
  • Able to work unsupervised - Desirable [1]

You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Recruitment team is working remotely and cannot access the building. If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, please contact us: [email protected]

If you need more information

[email protected]
+44 (0)1223 221400
+44 (0)1223 362616

The information you provide during the application process will only be used for the purpose of progressing your application, to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements where necessary or, in the case of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire, to help BAS meet its equal opportunities policy.

The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

Unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed 6 months after the end of the recruitment process (or 1 year after the end of the recruitment process in the case of Marine Staff and AEP. The applications of successful applicants will be retained as part of their personnel file.

Further information can be found in the information notice of NERC, our parent body.